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Steve Bannon Being Outmaneuvered By Kushner, Rumors Say

| by Denise Recalde

Washington insiders are indicating that President Donald Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, may soon be pushed out of the White House entirely unless he adopts a more conciliatory approach with the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. 

A senior official told the media that Trump gave the former Breitbart man an ultimatum following a nightmare week wherein the chief strategist found himself increasingly isolated within the White House, Axios reports.

Bannon's waning influence was the focus of public attention this week when Trump ejected him from the National Security Council, along with news that he has sparred with Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, and was against Syrian airstrikes, Daily Mail reports. 

Chief of Staff Reince Priebus reportedly sat Kushner and Bannon down on April 6 at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in response to an alleged recent order issued by Trump that the two settle their growing feud and "work this out."

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"Either Steve becomes a team player and gets along with people, or he'll be gone," said a top Trump source. 

Several recent reports have indicated that Bannon, who is recognized as the key architect of Trump's "America First" policy, is constantly butting heads with Kushner and Ivanka.

The two have disagreed on health care legislation strategies, the reception of the failed immigration bans, and on whether the United States should continue to bomb Syria, the reports say. 

Bannon has reportedly started calling Kushner a "Democrat" derisively. 

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According to a New York Times source, Bannon told Kushner on one occasion when they clashed: "Here's the reason there's no middle ground. You're a Democrat." 

Members of the Kushner faction, which includes the former president of investment bank Goldman Sachs and now economic adviser Gary Cohn, consider themselves a more moderate voice in the White House. 

Many contend Bannon's influence within the Executive is slipping as Kushner takes on a wider range of projects, which included his recent envoy trip to Iraq. 

In turn, Bannon believes Kushner and his cohorts are moving policy away from the president's populist campaign promises. 

However, Bannon has stumbled in the execution of several moves by the White House in the eyes of Trump. Notably, his negotiation with House conservatives over the passage of TrumpCare and the drafting of Trump's twin immigration orders, now on hold by federal courts.

Spokeswoman Lindsay Walters, however, has dismissed the rumors of infighting and staff dysfunctionality as a "completely false story driven by people who want to distract from the success taking place in this administration."

Sources: Axios, Daily Mail, The New York Times / Photo credit: Pixabay

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